Happy Book Birthday to Hero For Hire!
A super-special day.
Today, Hero For Hire officially enters this world!
So join us in celebrating what is for us, a day long in coming–Hero For Hire‘s Book Birthday!
To celebrate, we had a ton of fun things to choose from. But because we are both readers, and both need books to survive any coming apocalypse, we are going to share our Top Ten Must-Have Reads for our Doom Shelter.
Now, If you don’t already know this, we may as well break it to you now. We don’t follow rules real well. You could say we fail at rule following. Which means–our top ten reads *might* be series.
But hey! If there has to be an apocalypse, and there has to be a doom shelter, we should at least get to have entire series to choose from. Its only fair, right? And since there are two of us, we ARE limited to five choices each…
So without further justification and excuse, here are *drumroll* our Top Ten DOOM shelter reads….
- Hunger Games, the entire series. For inspiration and moral support. Because if Katniss can survive with grace and style, and still manage to have two boys drooling after her, I can do it too. (Probably not with grace or boys, but I can do it.)
- Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series. Because it’s awesome. Also, it is set in a world that ends up degenerating into a Fae-induced post apocalyptic hell. So I could read the series and not feel quite as alone. Plus, there are really sexy fae, really sexy highlanders, and most importantly, there is Barrons. Sigh.
- Deanna Raybourn’s Lady Julia Grey series. These historical mysteries stories are incredibly well written, and abound with details of another time and a different, more genteel way of life. In other words, they’re perfect for when I need to forget about the zombie apocalypse outside, and recharge by losing myself in a story or five.
- Jennifer Armentrout’s Covenant series. I adore this young adult series. It has forbidden love, teenage angst, a kick ass heroine, two, yes, two super hot, super hero love interests, and an amazingly well drawn paranormal world filled with the decendants of greek Gods and Goddesses. And sometimes, the Gods and Goddesses themselves pop in for kicks. This series I’d be sure to bring along just because I adore it. That is all.
- Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. Because come war, come the promise of losing everything–even each other, come what may, Jamie and Claire never, never, never ever give up. They fight with their consciences, regardless of the fact that they know they probably won’t win. They hold tight to each other no matter what, and they choose the way they think is right, regardless of difficulty. I adore them, I adore this series, and I need them in my Doom shelter.
1. The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King.
You’d think in the midst of a zombie apocalypse the last thing I’d want to read was a seven-volume epic about apocalypse. But this series has always been my all time favorite and I wouldn’t want to live the rest of my life anywhere without being able to reread it. Besides, we might just learn something about survival from the Roland’s ka-tet.
2. No Country For Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
This book is amazing on so many levels and every time I read it, I discover some new subtle element I missed before. It’s bloody, violent, and starkly prophetic, but I love it.
3. The Dragonfire series of paranormal romance by Deborah Cooke.
This series counters all the gloom and doom of King and McCarthy. It’s all about love, loyalty, and honor, and sexy dragon shapeshifters who find their true loves among human women. Cooke has managed to build a compelling mythology around her dragon men that makes me want to keep going back for each new story.
4. The Percy Jackson series.
Because it’s rip-roaring fun.
5. Harry Potter series
What doom shelter would be complete without Harry Potter?
What about you guys? What would you choose to bring to your doom shelter? And would you allow series in your list?
But hey! Wait!
We’re not done celebrating yet!
Here’s the birthday book for you all to enjoy:
Hero for Hire by Margaret Madigan and Merissa McCainOne day her prince would come…disguised as a zombie-killer.
Having been disgraced and tossed out by her own scientific community, Gwyn is convinced she can develop a cure for a SuperVirus that has turned the Infected into zombies. By pure luck and determination, she has survived on her own for years, but while out scavenging, a clash with the local zombies leaves her potentially infected. Now, running out of time, she needs help and takes a chance on a hero for hire.
Rafe loves the apocalypse. Since the world went to hell, everything’s come up roses for him. Having procured a mansion in the Hollywood hills, adopted a slew of homeless boys and one cantankerous but useful Doc, Mr. Charming is benefiting from the nasty zombie infestation. His job? Killing the bastards, which he considers fun anyway.
Gwyn Snow needs Rafe Charming to help retrieve her research from the Paragon Pharmaceuticals lab, also known as Zombie Central. Believing she can yet save the world, Gwyn makes Rafe question whatís right and what’s worth the fight.
CONTENT WARNING: Prince Charming, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves as you’ve never seen them before.
A Lyrical Press Fantasy Romance | Once Upon
Happy Birthday Hero For Hire! We are so proud of you!
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Thanks so much for helping us celebrate Hero For Hire’s Book Birthday. If you’d like to help us celebrate a bit more, please spread the word! We’d really, really, really appreciate it.
Thanks, Merissa and Margaret